Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For Maggie's Sake by Lora Leigh

Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh's story For Maggie's Sake, previously published in the anthologies Real Men Do It Better and Taken, now exclusively in ebook format.

Maggie Chavez is in protective custody with a member of her former lover's SEAL team. Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information from him about a powerful drug lord and the deaths of some SEALs. He intends to seduce her and get the information before she can sell it back to the drug cartel. But the desire crackles between them and their attraction is undeniable. How can Joe use her and leave her, when all he wants is to hold her close and never let go?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
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This was a heavy story. Despite its short length, a lot happens right away and keeps happening throughout the story. Leigh is able to draw you in because she also gives you background on the characters, so that you don't feel that you're missing things.

Joe is kind of hard at the beginning, but you learn it's because he blew his chance to be with Maggie. He was unwilling and/or unable to show his affection, having been burned by a previous relationship.

Maggie has been living a nightmare for years. She had to leave Joe behind when she realized that he was unwilling to give her the kind of life she wanted – needed. Instead, she thought she fell in love with his best friend, only to realize that her now husband, was not the man she thought.

This is a fast-paced story of deceit and second chances. There is immense chemistry between Maggie and Joe and the "mystery" behind the story is actually in the background.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆☆
Lora Leigh does sex and romance while weaving danger and intrigue like no one else. This novella delivers on all fronts.

Joe and Maggie had their chance at love several years ago, but Maggie walked away when she believed that Joe couldn't give her the life she wanted. Heartbroken and miserable and wanting to move on, she began dating Grant, who happened to be Joe's best friend, only she didn't know it until her rehearsal dinner.

During the course of the story, we learn that Maggie's marriage was anything but ideal and truly learn the misery both Joe and Maggie suffered during that time.

A lot of story was packed into this novella and it didn't miss a beat.

3.5 Stars

This story starts out with DEA agent Joe Merino watching the woman he lost being questioned about her husband’s involvement with the drug cartel and Grant's journal tells about Maggie's involvements. But Joe knows that Maggie couldn't be involved. Grant wasn't who everyone thought he was. Being a fellow DEA agent himself, they can't believe he lied to them about everything.

Maggie can't believe she is being accused of the things they are saying. She would never do those things. When Joe takes her away to keep her safe, she wonders if he believes her or does he believe Grant's lies?

Can Joe help Maggie remember anything that she might have overheard Grant talk about with the drug lords that would help to bring the bad guys to justice? Will Joe make her see that his feelings for her are real and he never meant to hurt her? He was only doing his job. Will Maggie give in to her feelings for Joe without losing her heart?

This is a really quick suspenseful story and I enjoyed it. This is a first for me from Lora Leigh and I look forward to reading more from her.

From the very beginning, when the tension and the distrust levels are high, to dramatic resolution of the mystery, the reader is kept guessing as to just what will happen next.

Joe has to work through some seriously conflicting emotions, and Maggie has to both believe that she is trusted and can trust him. All of which leads to some very intense scenes. Once the inevitable happens, given their history we have no doubts as to the level of intensity that they bring out in each other.

For a fairly short story, this packs all the usual punch of a Ms. Leigh novel.

#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.
"Lora Leigh writes compelling, red-hot romance." – Sacramento Book Review

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of For Maggie's Sake by Lora Leigh to read and review.

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